In response to Austin Statesman article... “Department of Veterans Affairs to track how veterans die“
It's way more important to service them and their needs while they are alive . If you service them properly they will be tracked in the system. I am in the VA system, but I am lost to them. There is no real follow up by the VA.
Of all the problems I have had with the VA system since I returned from the military during the Vietnam era, getting narcotics was the easiest. All you have to do is mention the word "pain" and you are prescribed narcotics. It's easy to get strung out on them. Little has changed over the years.
I also believe the VA needs to process disability claims more quickly and REASONABLY and not make deserving veterans get an attorney before they are given an honest disability rating. I fought the VA for more than 8 years before it gave me the rating I deserve. It's an infantilizing and despicable process.